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If you were to ask me who my favourite ukulele player is , I would have to say Cliff Edwards, AKA ‘Ukulele Ike’.  During the 1920’s Cliff was one of the biggest stars in the US, he sold millions of records and appeared in many films.  He was the first to sing many famous  songs, indeed his biggest hit was ‘Singing in the Rain’ which he recorded in 1929 long before the film of the same name.  He sang the Disney theme song ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ and was the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the film adaptation of Pinocchio.  Sadly he died a penniless alcoholic in 1971 forgotten by all but a small band of ukulele aficionados.   Today I got rather excited when I found a picture of him riding a bicycle on the MGM lot and carrying Buster Keaton on the handlebars.

(Picture from http://www.acertaincinema.com/)

And so from my 78rpm collection here is Cliff at the height of his career with the song ‘You’re My Weakness Now’ recorded on the 7th December 1928.

Best

Nipper

PS. I have updated my ‘About’ page and added a ‘Gramophones’ page to explain how I make my 78rpm transfers.  Click on the tabs at the top to take a look.

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As a child I watched my father ride his Raleigh Superbe and fell totally in love with it.  I remember my father explaining that a good bicycle had hub gears, mudguards, a chain case and an upright riding position.  In my early 20s I rode the Raleigh when at home visiting my parents and have very fond memories of late night rides home from the pub.  A few years ago my Father gave the bicycle to his best friend, who for several years, rode it to and from work.  For the last 6 years this beautiful machine has been left gathering dust in a workshop until my father’s friend decided to pass it on to me (thank you Alistair, I am immensely grateful).  I have spent a good few hours cleaning and servicing it, bringing it back to a ridable state.

Last May my father died, it was very sudden and I am still in a profound state of shock.  Riding his bicycle is a great comfort to me. It is a very special bicycle.

I have decided to add some music to each of my blog posts; and so dear readers, here is another 78rpm recording transferred using my HMV163 gramophone.  It was one of my father’s favourite records and a song we enjoyed singing together.

Hat’s On The Side Of My Head – Jack Hulbert

Recorded in 1933 with the Ray Noble Band

http://thenightowlsband.com/media/Hats_On_The_Side.mp3

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Nipper

PS if you are waiting for an email for the songbook link, I shall be getting up to date during the Christmas holidays.

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